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Lake County man facing 15 years in prison after threatening to shoot girlfriend and children

A Lake County man faces up to 15 years in prison after being arrested on an indictment for firearm possession.

William Scott Fogg
William Scott Fogg

U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced the arrest of 37-year-old William Scott Fogg of Altoona on an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, Fogg faces up to 15 years in federal prison. A federal grand jury indicted him on Dec. 20, 2023. According to court records, Fogg has been convicted of eight felonies since 2008, including burglary, grand theft and illegal drug possession.  

On Aug. 28, 2023, Fogg approached his girlfriend, who was seated in a truck with her minor children. Fogg entered the vehicle, took a pistol out of the center console, pulled back the slide and threatened to shoot all of them. Responding deputies subsequently took Fogg into custody and recovered the loaded firearm. As a convicted felon, Fogg is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.  

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Nowalk. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence and to make local neighborhoods safer for everyone.  

On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results. 

Fogg has been arrested at least twice in the past, the first in Sept. 2021 for having a machete and hypodermic needles during a traffic stop and the second in Oct. 2021 after crashing a car while fleeing from law enforcement.

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